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Most Delicious and Legit Chinese Foods

A little while ago I did a post on the weirdest food in China. I wanted to do a follow up so no one is deceived into thinking all Chinese food is weird. While there are some strange delicacies in China, there are also some AMAZING dishes that would have anybody asking for seconds.  I’m not talking about General Tso’s chicken or Panda Express food. I personally love that stuff, but my Chinese friends label it as fake Chinese food. This post is all about legit Chinese foods that come straight from China.

*I will caution you, that if you keep reading, you may find yourself booking a flight to China *

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Coconut Broth Hot Pot

Usually, when Americans think about Chinese soup, they think egg drop, wonton, hot and sour, (the kinds in every Chinese buffet in America). But that’s not what I’m talking about. There are so many delicious soups in China. One of the best I had was coconut broth soup. I found this delicious dish in a mall near the center of Shenzhen. The broth was made out of coconut water and contained pieces of duck and chicken meat. It was simply delicious. The only downside was that half-way through the meal, the people I was dining with decided to add chunks of blood to the pot.

Check out this post to see some of the weirdest stuff people actually eat in China. 

Ginger Lotus Soup (Rib Soup)

From my experience, Soup is almost ALWAYS served.  I spent July in China and it was over 100 degrees every day. But that did not stop us from sipping scalding hot, spicy soup basically every meal. At first, I dreaded drinking the liquid in such circumstances, but now that I am back in the States I crave some of the soup I took for granted.

Luckily, I managed to find ginger lotus soup in the States from a Chinese restaurant’s secret menu. Ginger Lotus soup is my go-to soup when I am sick. Ginger is good for the immune system, stomach, and throat. The broth is savory from the duck meat that is cooked in it with a unique flavor created by the ginger. Lotus root has a super weird texture. First, it is like a potato, but then it turns into a celery-type of texture with wispy strings. It took some time to get used the lotus root’s texture, but now I love it! Not only is this soup one of the most delicious foods, it also is loaded with healthy ingredients that heal the sick body.

Egg Waffles

Chinese egg waffles are one of my favorite things I had in China, and honestly one of the things I miss the most now that I’m back in the States.  These unique waffles are almost like normal waffles except instead of having holes, they have bubbles. This is because of a unique skillet used to make them. After some research I was able to find the skillet on Amazon, so the good news is egg waffles can be made in America. Also, Chinese egg waffles taste so much better than regular waffles. Egg waffles originated in Hong Kong and have become a popular street food all over China. They can be eaten plain, as well as in the shape of a cone and filled with ice cream and fruit.

Pineapple/Mango Popsicles

It’s so hot during the summertime in China, especially if you’re in the South. Walking outside for any amount of time can be so draining. When I was in China I made daily stops to ice cream stands to get the Pineapple and Mango Popsicles. In my life, I’ve eaten a lot of popsicles, but these Chinese street stand ice cream popsicles are by far the best I have ever eaten. They’re the perfect mix of sweet and sour and have a little bit of pureed fruit in them.

Mango Cake

When I first went to China I was slightly concerned about there not being good desserts. My concerns weren’t totally unwarranted as anytime I’ve been with my boyfriend and all of his Chinese friends, they always turn down dessert. One night in Shenzhen my boyfriend’s mom took me to a little dessert cafe and ordered me one of  thee most delicious desserts I’ve ever had. The cake was basically layers of crepes with layers of mango cream and sweet cream topped with fresh mangos. It’s so yummy, I still have dreams about it.

Korean Rice Cakes

I know this one probably shouldn’t count as a Chinese food. They are Korean. However, the first time I tried this dish was when I was in China (and boy did my view of Korean food change). Since I’ve been back in the States I’ve tried this dish at several different American Korean restaurants. The cakes are chewy, sweet, and very spicy.

Grapes

I was mesmerized by the giant succulent grapes I found in China. The first time I encountered them was 2 AM in Wuhan, after getting off the Chinese Metro. It was 100 degrees outside and I was starving. Behold, in the middle of the street, there was a lady with a fruit stand among several other food vendor carts. My boyfriend told me that vendors spent all day preparing and all night selling because night time was the only time they were permitted to sell on the street, so they didn’t disrupt traffic during the day. So he and I bought some giant grapes from the lady who had probably spent all day picking them. They came in a white paper bag. I was pleasantly surprised at the perfect balance of tartness and sweetness.

Chinese Pizza

I’m not talking about the American Chinese pizza found in Dominoes or Pizza Hut, I’m talking about Chinese pizza that doesn’t even have an English translation so my boyfriend and I nicknamed it Chinese Pizza. Not only is it absolutely delicious, 1 pizza costs less than $1 and could almost fill me up. I discovered Chinese pizza in my boyfriend’s grandfather’s small hometown Jinzhou. It originated in Jinzhou and according to my slightly biased boyfriend, it tastes the best there. Chinese Pizza is made fresh with a unique crispy dough filled with thin pieces of beef, veggies, and hot spices, over a unique style of furnace.  Between the grapes and Chinese pizza, I happily enjoyed meals in China for less than $2 a meal.

Chinese Pizza on the left, American Pizza in China on the right

Bubble (boba) Tea

If you frequent Asian restaurants in America (other than buffets), you will probably already be familiar with Bubble Tea. But for anyone who doesn’t know, Bubble Tea is a milky like tea drink that is served cold and with bead-like bubbles in the bottom. Bubble tea comes in a variety of flavors. Most of my American friends love bubble tea, but it has never been my favorite. That is until I tried it in China. The Bubble Tea in China is so great! It’s so much better than I’ve ever had in America.

Egg Tarts

These sweet, adorable, three bite-sized delicacies are served in little bakery shops all throughout China. The first time I tried one was when I was in Hong Kong. I may be partial to the first one that I tried, but I continued to get them in bakeries all over China, and the ones I got in Hong Kong were the best. So, if you ever happen to find yourself in Hong Kong, make sure to try the egg tarts.

Spicey Barbeque

When my boyfriend first told me we were getting Chinese barbeque, I was expecting pulled pork or beef brisket smothered in a Chinese barbeque sauce. When we walked up to the street stand I was surprised to find almost every type of chicken and beef body part on skewers for the choosing. I stuck with normal parts like chicken wings, and lean beef. After I selected a few skewers and the vendors happily took them over to a grill, doused them in spices I’ve never had before and cooked them. Chinese barbeque is extremely spicy, but also covered in delicious seasonings

Hi-Chew

Hi-Chew is amazing Chinese candy that I was introduced to years before I went to China thanks to my gracious Taiwanese friend. The candy comes in a package containing many individually wrapped, rectangular prism-shaped pieces.  Hi-Chew has the same texture as Starburst, however, they come in flavors much more tantalizing than lemon. They come in flavors like mango, lychee, peach, apple, grape, strawberry, and many more. My family really likes them and goes through a bag of them pretty fast. If my small town family can devour a bag in a few hours you know it’s pretty good. Luckily, Hi-Chew is available on Amazon for a decent price. I highly recommend you try it out!

Pancakes

Chinese pancakes aren’t much like American pancakes. Chinese pancakes are white, thicker, smaller, chewier, and sweeter. No one uses syrup on Chinese pancakes. I didn’t even believe they were translated to pancakes in English, but my friend insisted on it. Chinese pancakes can be served as a side dish for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or snack time. They go very well with the spicy food in China because Chinese pancakes help to alleviate the spiciness of the food. So for someone who isn’t accustomed to spicy food (like myself), the Chinese pancakes are life savers. I ate them basically every day while I was in China.

 

I hope you enjoyed this list of delicious and legit Chinese foods. China is full of amazing culture and delicious foods. If you’re interested in China please check out some of my other posts about my month trip to China. Also, keep checking back if you’re interested in travel because very soon I will be posting about a place that has a huge piece of my heart, Peru

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Have a Great Day! 

XOXO, Gabriella

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  • Reply
    Elise Ho
    January 8, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    YOu picked so many wonderful items. I love Boba, rice sticks and egg tarts most from your list.

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      Gabriella
      January 10, 2018 at 1:54 am

      Hi Elise, those were some of my favorites too! I like all of the sweet things haha. Thanks for commenting!

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    Melanie
    January 9, 2018 at 5:54 pm

    So buying amazingly delicious cold grapes during the night in China sounds pretty romantic. I loved reading this post… makes me want to go try new foods! Thanks for sharing.

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      Gabriella
      January 10, 2018 at 1:53 am

      Haha I didn’t even think about that! It does sound romantic. But we just got off a trail that we rode for 6 hours and were hauling around gigantic suitcases, so neither of us were in anything close to a romantic mood. I wish I could go back in time now and realized how romantic it was. Thanks for commenting!

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    Keisha Baynard
    January 9, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Great post. I enjoyed seeing all the pictures of the foods. I want to travel to China and experience the food.

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      Gabriella
      January 10, 2018 at 1:51 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! 🙂 Do travel to China at some point. It’s a beautiful country!

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    Glenda Decasa
    January 9, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    OMG I’m a huge foodie and all of this just made me drool! Chinese pancakes are similar to a Filipino dish called puto!

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      Gabriella
      January 10, 2018 at 1:51 am

      Hi Glenda, I feel you! I was so hungry while writing this! Thanks for commenting!

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    Amanda
    January 9, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    Nothing is better than experiencing the food of a country while in that country. I’ve traveled in Mexico, Colombia, and Peru. Trust me the Americanized versions don’t hold a candle to the “real thing!”

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      Gabriella
      January 10, 2018 at 1:50 am

      Hi Amanda, I agree 110%! I went to Peru too, and experienced their food for the first time. When I can back I decided to try a Peruvian restaurant, and I was lowkey so disappointed. Stay tuned I’ll be writing about Peruvian food soon! 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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        Amanda
        January 11, 2018 at 2:39 am

        I look forward to it. My husband is Peruvian. 🙂

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          Gabriella
          January 11, 2018 at 4:07 pm

          That’s so cool! In that case, I’m sure you know much more about Peruvian food than me! Isn’t Peru the best though!?

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    magen
    January 9, 2018 at 8:24 pm

    I love bubble tea. And i have to say a lot of this stuff looks super yummy.

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      Gabriella
      January 10, 2018 at 1:55 am

      I’m so glad you liked it!

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    Tegan
    January 10, 2018 at 6:09 pm

    Ahhhh all that yummy food! Thanks for that, I will remember to hunt down those food one day if I visit x

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    Jolene
    January 10, 2018 at 6:48 pm

    As a Singaporean Chinese living in Houston, I can absolutely relate to your experience in China compared to what we can get in America. Great list of foods, btw!

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      Gabriella
      January 11, 2018 at 4:11 pm

      Hi Jolene, glad to hear that you agree with my post! I always hope that people with more experience from the countries I write about agree with my posts! I bed you miss Chinese food a lot while you’re in America! All of my Chinese friends say they do!

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    A-
    January 11, 2018 at 12:13 am

    Ohmygoodness, that mango cake looks delicious! Definitely going to have to try and find something like that around where I live. Thanks for sharing these! I love seeing the type of food popular in other cultures 🙂

    A- simplylovely90.com

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      Gabriella
      January 11, 2018 at 4:09 pm

      The mango cake was SOOO good. If you find a place let me know!

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    Lindsey
    January 11, 2018 at 2:00 am

    That Chinese “pizza” looks interesting. It seems to be something between a quesadilla and a crunchy stromboli!

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      Gabriella
      January 11, 2018 at 4:08 pm

      Those are definitely more accurate subscriptions. Buy my boyfriend named it and I don’t think he knows what quesadillas and strombolis are, so he went with pizza. But yeah, I would say more like crispy stromboli dough, but more like quesadilla (without cheese). It’s so good though!

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    Emma Conrad
    January 11, 2018 at 3:06 am

    I’ve never heard of egg waffles — will definitely have to try!

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    Marina
    January 11, 2018 at 9:58 am

    Oh, everything looks yummy and delicious. Also, I am loving your photos. China seems like a wonderful place to visit. Thank you for sharing.

    • Reply
      Gabriella
      January 11, 2018 at 4:03 pm

      China is definitely a wonderful place to visit! I’m glad you liked the pictures! Thanks for commenting!

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    Mishael @ Why Wellness Now
    January 11, 2018 at 11:20 am

    That coconut broth soup sounds amazing – and I love the idea of the healthy lotus soup. The egg waffles are also intriguing. I might have to research more into those!

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      Gabriella
      January 11, 2018 at 4:02 pm

      They’re soo good! If you ever get the chance to try them, do! You won’t regret it! Thanks for commenting!

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    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly
    January 11, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    I am totally cringing here, I was so excited about that coconut broth soup until you mentioned the blood, why did they put that in there? It wasn’t brought out like that but someone from your table added it? And blood from what/where? Hopping on over from BSAS FB Group, Happy New Year! 🙂

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      Gabriella
      January 11, 2018 at 3:26 pm

      Hi Tracy, Happy New Year! Thanks for commenting! It’s actually part of the dish. Blood is actually eaten in China. They make it thick so it almost turns in to a jello type thing and eat it. I have personally declined it everytime it has been offered to me. But my boyfriend and his family love it. My boyfriend told me he thinks it started because in China they don’t like to waste food, especially in the past 50 years, so they learned how to cook and prepare most body parts so as not to waste it. You can check out my other post about some of the other strange things eaten there. http://www.escapingtheaverage.com/weirdest-things-people-actually-eat-china/ But of course, it’s only strange to us because we didn’t grow up with it. My boyfriend cringes at the thought of eating a subway sandwich, and when his grandparents visited, they gagged at the Chipotle-like restaurant we went to. It’s so funny how humans love and hate eating different things.

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    Larissa
    January 11, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    Wow! So many different dishes that look amazing! Of course, I’m immediately drawn to the egg waffles because who doesn’t like ice cream?! I think I saw online somewhere in New York has a shop selling them, but I could be wrong. I would love to try authentic Chinese pizza, and that mango cake!

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      Gabriella
      January 12, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      Hi Larissa, thanks for commenting! The three you mentioned are definitely my favorites and the grapes! I bet NYC does have some really authentic Chinese dishes! If you have the chance to try it you won’t regret it! 🙂

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    Carissa Link
    January 11, 2018 at 7:51 pm

    Some of these are crazy!! I’ve actually had Boba Tea and it’s delicious! But those egg waffles – seriously!!!! Huge foodie here so posts like this just brighten my day 🙂

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      Gabriella
      January 12, 2018 at 10:39 pm

      I’m so glad this post brightened your day! 🙂

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    J. Endress
    January 11, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    Incredible list! I was lucky to have a few solid Szechuan restaurants where I used to live, and going there was always a treat. I hope to get to China itself someday!

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      Gabriella
      January 12, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you! You would love China! 🙂

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    Marie, Mamma's Cooking
    January 11, 2018 at 10:49 pm

    Wow! The Ginger Lotus soup definitely looks like something that I need to try! oh, and that mango crepe cake! and the bubble tea, and the rice cakes…well, just all of it! Great descriptions and pictures!

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      Gabriella
      January 12, 2018 at 10:40 pm

      Thank you so much! I would definitely recommend trying all of those things if you ever get the chance 🙂

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    Steph
    January 12, 2018 at 4:05 am

    1. Yes booking a flight to China ASAP to eat all the food. 2. chunks of blood?!? What does that even mean!! 3. You did such a great job on this post, I’m impressed by all the yummy foods.

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      Gabriella
      January 12, 2018 at 10:42 pm

      IKR! I want to go back! And if you check out my other post you’ll see a picture of it. It’s literally a blood cake. I thought it was chocolate cake. I’m so glad my boyfriend told me before I ate it. But anyway, they sliced it up and threw it in the soup pot haha.

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    Erica @ Coming up Roses
    January 12, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    I don’t know what I want to try first! It all looks so good!

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    Sarah Belanger
    January 12, 2018 at 4:06 pm

    This is so interesting! I’m always fascinated by different cultures and what they eat. I really can’t stand coconut, so the first one’s out for me, but I think I’d try the rest?

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      Gabriella
      January 12, 2018 at 10:46 pm

      I’m definitely sure you could find something yummy that you’d like 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

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    Aditi Wardhan Singh
    January 12, 2018 at 4:09 pm

    I’m such a foodie and always on the look out for new eats. This was really good to learn about. I am going to have to try it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Gabriella
      January 12, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! 🙂

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    jenna | the urben life
    January 12, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    I want to try an egg waffle so bad! Everything looks so tasty

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    Brittney
    January 12, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Excuse me while I go to China! YUM! Those Egg Waffles look INCREDIBLE!

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      Gabriella
      January 12, 2018 at 10:42 pm

      They’re so good!! Thanks for commenting!

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    Whitney
    January 12, 2018 at 5:37 pm

    I love bubble tea! We have several places in my city that serve it. I’m an ESL teacher and I teach a lot of Chinese students, and they mention so many great things about hotpot!

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      Gabriella
      January 12, 2018 at 10:45 pm

      I’m sure you do! That’s cool that you’re and ESL teacher! I also do some volunteer tutoring in the ESL area. I love it! My boyfriend and his Chinese roommate complain ALL THE TIME because where we’re at there are not hotpot places. But I understand, I would be upset if I went somewhere that didn’t have my favorite foods.

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